‘Recycled’ phosphorus as fertiliser could sprout greener world

5 Oct 2023
A tub of phosphorous
AshDec-NPK fertiliser created by The Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing (BAM) – Germany. Image: NUE Lab

Phosphorus is essential to life.

Our DNA, muscles and bones have it, and without it crops don’t grow.

Phosphorus is in the global spotlight because of fertiliser shortages, inefficiencies and waste – causing high costs for farmers, environmental damage, wasted capital, and contaminated food –which could be addressed with new technologies, according to research.

University of Queensland PhD candidate, Michael Walsh, from the Nutrient Use Efficiency Lab, has been researching the impacts and solutions concerning phosphorus fertiliser production and waste.

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